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Katherine Barrett Wiik Elected to Council of Appellate Lawyers' Executive Board

Minneapolis, MN—December 15, 2017—Robins Kaplan LLP® announced today that Katherine Barrett Wiik has been elected to the Executive Board of the Council of Appellate Lawyers (CAL), the first and only national appellate bench-bar organization in the country.

Part of the American Bar Association’s Judicial Division, CAL serves to foster a dialogue among federal and state appellate lawyers and judges to improve appellate advocacy and strengthen ties among federal, state, and local appellate bar associations. 

Barrett Wiik has been actively involved in the Council for several years, and currently serves as CAL’s pro bono chair. She has also been a member of CAL’s planning committee for the 2017 and 2018 Appellate Judges Education Institute (AJEI) Summits. In her capacity as CAL’s pro bono chair, Barrett Wiik took the lead in completing a second revised edition of CAL’s Manual on Pro Bono Appeals Programs, released in November 2017, which surveys pro bono programs through state appellate courts around the country (available here).   

As a principal at Robins Kaplan, Barrett Wiik focuses her practice on appellate strategy and advocacy, as well as business litigation. She has served as the primary author of dozens of appellate briefs to state and federal appeals courts and has argued before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and the Minnesota Court of Appeals. Prior to joining the firm, Barrett Wiik served as a former clerk on the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. She received her J.D. in 2005 from Harvard Law School, where she served as the co-editor-in-chief of the Harvard Journal of Law & Gender.

In addition to her involvement with the Council, Barrett Wiik is currently the vice chair of the Appellate Practice Section Council of the Minnesota State Bar Association and she serves on the Executive Board of the Minnesota Chapter of the Federal Bar Association. In 2016, she received Robins Kaplan’s Mentoring Award in recognition of her leadership and mentoring of attorneys in the early stages of their careers.